All my life I have loved school and had the utmost respect for my teachers, so it’s no surprise that I chose teaching as my career. I graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1985. I began my career in the Ashburnham/Wesminster Regional School District as a Title One Teacher at Westminster Elementary School. Two short years later I left teaching to raise my two children. In 1995, after being a stay at home mom, I decided to re-enter the work force. As Overlook Middle School opened its doors for the first time, I was hired as a para-professional in grade 8. I felt very lucky to work with remarkable students who had a variety of strengths and needs and this work led me to pursue my Master’s Degree in Special Education. In 1999 I graduated from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Special Education. I returned to Overlook as the seventh grade special needs teacher in 2000 and from there have taught at every level in the middle school.
In 2008, I became the Evaluation Team Leader for Overlook and four years later I left that position to become the Special Education Liaison for the district. I work primarily with grades five through eight.
As the Special Education Liaison, I continue to advocate for all students, to mentor new teachers and to build strong relationships with parents as partners in their child’s education. I continue to develop my love of learning and after completing numerous courses on educational leadership and a yearlong internship, I became licensed as a Director of Special Education.